This year, Passover and Easter weekend coincide. The Jewish holiday of passover begins on Saturday, March 31, and Easter Sunday, observed by Christians, is the very next day.

This year, Passover and Easter weekend coincide. The Jewish holiday of passover begins on Saturday, March 31, and Easter Sunday, observed by Christians, is the very next day.

We can easily refer to this as a weekend of Hope Renewed. How timely it is that Spring also just started (March 20), in the Northern Hemisphere.

Whatever one’s persuasion, rebirth is evident for everyone with eyes to see or at least a heart to appreciate, as spring’s new life bursts forth. The cold, dark winter has to yield. It has no choice, as the astronomical facts dictate and once more, the Earth reaches that point where days are longer than the nights, the Sun is much higher at midday and warmth settles in.

It is a shame that religion has been a cause for strife the world over, as those who can’t agree let their better selves step aside. Religion joins politics as the two topics some try to avoid unless you’re around like company. We forget about patience, understanding, respect and love.

We should all agree that hope is what the world needs, hope in something better, hope that we will make it through this day, this trial, this life. Hope that will give a spring to our step, the confidence we need and the peace of mind that all is not lost.

There’s plenty of hope of all. We might differ in what we believe or where we seek it, but “hopefully” we all desire what’s best for our lives, our loved ones, our community and our world. Let’s take this road together as we celebrate hope, and be encouraged by the signs of hope all around us this time of year.